The smoke clouds from the fires that are currently raging in Australia have reached as far as Chile and Argentina, which just goes to show how devastating this disaster is. However, it is unlikely that there will be any consequences for these two countries.
This is just further proof of how disastrous the situation that has been ongoing in Australia for the past few months. According to information released by the meteorological services in the two South American countries on Monday 6th January, the smoke clouds produced by the huge bush fires that are currently raging across the island have been recorded… in Argentina and Chile.
Smoke clouds recorded at an altitude of 6,000 metres
There is about 12,000 km and an ocean that separates Australia and South America. And yet, smoke clouds have been recorded at an altitude of 6,000 metres but as Patricio Urra, an official from the Chilean Meteorological Institute, told the AFP, it is unlikely that this smoke will affect the local air quality.
He also explained early on Monday that ‘the sun (has been marked) with red tones due to a cloud of smoke from the fires’ in Australia. The Argentinian Meteorological Service (SMN) has also released satellite images of the smoke clouds ‘transported by frontal systems that move from west to east.’
What are the possible consequences?
But what are the possible consequences of these smoke clouds?
‘Nothing particularly significant. Only a slightly reddish sunset and sun’ explained the SMN on Twitter. According to the meteorological company Metsul, it is also possible however that the smoke could reach Rio Grande de Sul, the southernmost state of Brazil.
‘SMN Argentina – The smoke from the bushfires in #Australia have now reached #Argentina. It has been transported by frontal systems that move from west to east. What consequences could this have for the county? Nothing particularly significant. Only a slightly reddish sunset and sun. Why? We’re opening an investigation’
To better understand just how significant and disastrous these fires are that are currently raging in Australia, an Australian graphic designer has created quite a spectacular 3D image that shows ‘all the areas which have been affected by bush fires’ over the past four months, as the artist explained on Instagram.